Degree type(s): Pre-Professional Concentration
Degree field(s): Healthcare; Sciences; Biology
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.
Pre-Physician Assistant Program Concentration Overview
Physician assistants are trained medical professionals who practice medicine under physician supervision. The Pre-Physician Assistant program concentration at the University of Mary is designed to prepare you for a physician assistant training program, which you will need to complete (along with a national certification exam) to be licensed.
The 10-course pre-professional Physician Assistant concentration can be taken as part of any major, and includes a strong background in biology and the natural sciences.
Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration: Program Highlights
Designed for your future success
Gain valuable pre-professional preparation for a career as a physician assistant while working toward your bachelor’s degree at one of the most affordable private universities in the nation.
Learn from top faculty who bring professional expertise and real-world insights to their classes.
Focused on leadership, service and values
Develop the skills to lead as an ethical member of the medical community in a professional program concentration grounded in the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values of the University of Mary.
Career Outlook for Physician Assistants
Physician assistants can work in any healthcare setting, including primary care offices, hospitals, and nursing homes. With additional postgraduate training, physician assistants may also choose to specialize in a particular field of medicine (such as surgery or pediatrics).
Growth and earning potential
The job market for Physician Assistants is projected grow an astounding 30% from 2014 to 2024, over four times the national average for all occupations. In 2016, physician assistants earned median annual salaries of $101,480.
Required Education for Physician Assistants
To become a licensed physician assistant, you must obtain formal training through an educational program approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). These programs often require applicants to have bachelor's degrees and some experience in the field of healthcare. Physician assistants are also required to participate in continuing education programs and re-certify periodically.
In addition to the Pre-Physician Assistant concentration, the University of Mary offers the following pre-professional concentrations which you can add to your bachelor’s degree program:
- Chiropractic pre-professional concentration
- Dentistry pre-professional concentration
- Optometry pre-professional concentration
- Pharmacy pre-professional concentration
- Podiatry pre-professional concentration
- Pre-law professional concentration
- Pre-med professional concentration
- Veterinary Medicine pre-professional concentration
- Wildlife Management and Conservation Biology pre-professional concentration
At the University of Mary, you also have a number of options for earning your bachelor’s degree. While most undergraduate programs are taken at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota, we also offer selected bachelor’s degree programs online and via flexible evening classes that meet one night each week.
The Pre-Physician Assistant program concentration at the University of Mary requires the following courses:
Concentration in Pre-Health Care Areas:
- BIO 103, 106, 311
- CHE 111, 112, 217, 318
- MAT 103 (or higher)
- PHY 203, 304
These courses are strongly recommended:
- BIO 207, 208
- CHE 310
- ENG 302